Academic Support

At Thacher, we believe the best learning happens when students are known, supported, stretched, and challenged. At some times and for some students, extra academic support is needed and, where possible, Thacher seeks to meet that need.

Academic Support

Thacher’s director of academic support is available to meet with any student who would like additional guidance and support in areas such as organization or study skills. For students who might need consistent support, typically one-on-one meetings are available roughly once every other week. The director of academic support also works directly with students who have academic accommodations and is the point person for students and families who wish to apply for testing accommodations with the ACT or College Board.


The School seeks to provide appropriate and reasonable classroom accommodations to students with documented disabilities based on the individual’s demonstrated needs. Accommodations should be appropriate and reasonable for the documented disability and must not result in an undue burden or fundamentally alter the educational experience designed by the respective teachers. The School is not in a position to and does not: 
  • Make accommodations or provide support for services which fundamentally alter course or program requirements or basic pedagogy; 
  • Fundamentally alter consistently applied academic or school policies which are based on established academic and school standards; 
  • Guarantee success or bear responsibility for ensuring that students succeed in their courses; 
  • Pay for or provide items or services of a personal nature such as personal care assistance; personal purchases; personal medical, adaptive or computer equipment; private transportation; or educational supplies used by all students (pens, paper, computer supplies, etc.). These are the responsibility of the student and family; 
  • Provide psychoeducational testing and evaluation. Referrals can be made to external providers of these services and evaluators and the School makes efforts to provide financial support for Olympus students who need to undergo educational testing.

Appropriate Documentation

All students need appropriate documentation in order for any academic accommodations to be formally made. This documentation should include a diagnosis from a licensed professional, typically a licensed psychologist or medical professional. In addition, since many students with accommodations ask that Thacher submit accommodation requests to the College Board (SAT) and the ACT on their behalf, Thacher asks that students and families provide documentation that will prove helpful in that application process. 
For more information on accommodations and required documentation, please contact Director of Academic Support Stephanie Thomas at For more information on the documentation needs for the ACT and the SAT, please click the following links:  

Academic Support Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Tracy Miller

    Tracy Miller 

    Assistant Head of School, Director of Studies
  • Photo of Stephanie Thomas

    Stephanie Thomas 

    Director of Academic Support
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